AUBURN, Ala. — Malik Miller was sidelined during Auburn’s Sunday night practice after suffering an injury late in Auburn’s 58-7 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe.
Head coach Gus Malzahn was uncertain of Miller’s status immediately after the homecoming win and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee remained uncertain about the running back’s status when he met with the media Sunday evening.
“We should probably know more tomorrow,” Lashlee said. “We’re optimistic that it’s nothing major, but our docs will probably know more tomorrow. He was in good spirits, he was out there with us today. He didn’t practice but he was out there with us.”
Malzahn praised his freshmen running backs throughout fall camp and early on in the year, saying they would likely see more playing time as Auburn progressed through its schedule.
“They got some playing time in game two and our confidence in them has been growing,” Malzahn said. “They’re both very talented. If called upon, we expect them to do well.”
Miller was finally able to showcase what’s he’d been working for the last four weeks or so while taking reps at the backup running back position.
The 5-foot-11, 229 pound Miller scored his first career touchdown in the third quarter, plowing over one defender and dragging two more into the end zone with him within a four-yard span. He carried the ball nine times for a career-best 45-yard total before leaving the game.
“I thought it was a great run,” Lashlee said. “I thought he ran hard he made some guys miss. Mailk is a good football player. It was good to see him and Kameron and those guys get in and play a little bit. It was just unfortunate that he got injured there towards the end.”